Conceptualizations of Human Behavioral Breakdowns: An Analysis Using the Doctrine of Cultural Relativism

  • Horacio FabregaJr.


Anomalies in human social behavior that are not transient but sustained are phenomena that human groups have always had to contend with and explain. There are many ways in which such anomalies can be classified. One could use external- and observer-imposed conventions, or one could use those that are culturally specific and local to the society. Some anomalies may be judged positively by co-members; individuals who show these anomalies are likely to be valued and accorded power, status, and/or prestige. Other anomalies are disvalued and judged negatively. Whether or not the behaviors are judged as being willful is a further important consideration in the way behavioral anomalies are culturally defined.


Cultural Relativism Ayurvedic Medicine Behavioral Anomaly Ontological Perspective Cultural Psychiatry 
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